Are you considering joining or perhaps forming a paranormal investigative group? Here are some tips:
Investigations are different than a hunt, and quite different from that of the monthly hobbyist. It’s more professional as you deal with clients who need answers and/or resolution. It’s serious business as outcomes will ultimately impact another’s life. There are ramifications and something to consider when forming a group from scratch.
Someone will have to assume the role of team leader. Team leader, scout, researcher and interviewer may be one and the same person. Talk about having your work cut out for you! Yes, it’s lonely at the top, but the pay is so sweet….
Use the paying venues (paranormal amusement parks) as training opportunities. You’ll need to know the team will work well together in any given situation. Turn these ventures into equipment exercises. Go through the motions of a ‘serious’ investigation, although the majority of the time it’ll just be a fun excursion. Don’t be disillusioned if it’s not the experience portrayed on TV—they seldom are.
Equipment’s a personal preference and most often a shared commodity. Just starting out, invest in a reliable flashlight, camera, and if so desired, a digital audio recorder that’s computer compatible. Anything beyond these basics can be an expensive investment, reserved if you carry on in this field.
Locations to investigate are boundless! Aside from pay-per-view locations are schools, theaters, battlefields, cemeteries, hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, and sanitariums—your basic locales of spent human emotions. Even churches are not immune to paranormal activity.
Things of importance to consider in a new group situation: Skepticism—don’t ever lose it! Look for natural or manmade logical explanations. Don’t accept every story at face value.
During private investigations your client will want to be educated as to what is happening in their home or business. Don’t throw flippant remarks or offer theories based on paranormal television conclusions. Silence is the rule until evidence is reviewed. Remember, you’ll momentarily touch the life of another and then leave. They remain behind—often still with an issue.
Paranormal is a broad term, meaning different things to different people. Are you just a spirit seeking investigator or do interests also lie in Big Foot or UFOs? If you expand into these areas life will definitely get more interesting, if not time consuming.
Ask again about your motivation. Are ghosts currently a popular social flavor of the times, or something on a deeper level for you? And honestly… is there an ego here that needs to be stroked?
It’s a valid question!